Honda Motor Company Ltd. yesterday announced that its cumulative worldwide motorcycle production has reached the 300 million-unit milestone. A 2015 Gold Wing got the honour of becoming the 300 millionth unit at the Kumamoto factory, Honda’s primary manufacturing plant in Japan. The Gold Wing was officially launched in India a few weeks back with a sticker price of Rs 28.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
It was back in 1949 that Honda made its first motorcycle, the Dream Type D, and its first production facility outside Japan came in 1963 in Belgium. Today, Honda is manufacturing motorcycles at 33 plants situated in 22 countries around the world. Asia alone amounts for 60 per cent of the total number so far.
The Indian market has accepted Honda with open arms and this love has made its Indian subsidiary the second largest Honda two-wheeler manufacturing unit in the world. In fact, the Activa is their second most-selling product – a big feat to achieve in a world crazy for motorcycles with a slight generalised aversion to scooters!
Being the only two-wheeler manufacturer to reach this milestone was no easy task. The company took 48 years to reach the 100 million unit milestone in 1997. The next 200 million units were rolled out in just 17 years, showing the growing popularity Honda has been blessed with in the past few years. That’s fantastic Honda; so how about celebrating it with giving India the CB1100? Please!